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Review: Retribution by Sherrilyn Kenyon

>>Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Title: Retribution
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
Series: Dark-Hunter #20
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 448
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: August 2nd, 2011
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Rating: C

From Goodreads: Harm no human...

A hired gunslinger, William Jessup Brady lived his life with one foot in the grave. He believed that every life had a price. Until the day when he finally found a reason to live. In one single act of brutal betrayal, he lost everything, including his life. Brought back by a Greek goddess to be one of her Dark-Hunters, he gave his immortal soul for vengeance and swore he’d spend eternity protecting the humans he’d once considered prey.

Orphaned as a toddler, Abigail Yager was taken in by a family of vampires and raised on one belief- Dark-Hunters are the evil who prey on both their people and mankind, and they must all be destroyed. While protecting her adoptive race, she has spent her life eliminating the Dark-Hunters and training for the day when she meets the man who killed her family: Jess Brady.

A gun in the hand is worth two in the holster...

Jess has been charged with finding and terminating the creature who’s assassinating Dark-Hunters. The last thing he expects to find is a human face behind the killings, but when that face bears a striking resemblance to the one who murdered him centuries ago, he knows something evil is going on. He also knows he’s not the one who killed her parents. But Abigail refuses to believe the truth and is determined to see him dead once and for all.

Brought together by an angry god and chased by ancient enemies out to kill them both, they must find a way to overcome their mutual hatred or watch as one of the darkest of powers rises and kills both the races they’ve sworn to protect.

Why did I read this book? I always wanted to read the Dark-Hunter novels and since I heard they could be stand alone, I gave #20 a try!

Source: Review copy from publisher

My Review
The Dark-Hunter novels have been around a long time (this one is #20, wow!) and I always wanted to read them. This was my first experience and I was really intrigued by the world building. Dark Hunters are undead beings ressurected by Artemis to protect humans, mostly from Daimons (Appolites that live past their 27th birthday by feeding on souls of humans) and I liked this idea since Dark Hunters have many similar attributes to vampires. Seeing them as a force of good was different and fun. I wish this was more apparent; this novel seemed to focus more on the story of the Guardians, which is somewhat based on Native American mythology.

Anyways, the two main characters, Sundown (a gunslinger from the Wild West - he's now immortal because he's a Dark-Hunter) and Abigail (raised by Appolites to belive Dark-Hunters were evil) had some good chemistry that lead to the romance that developed between them. I liked their early interactions, but then at some point, it became a romance where they loved each other after too little time. I wish it was played out more but I suppose it had to go along with the very short timeline of the plot. Also, this being paranormal romance, I expected there to be more steamy romance but it was really toned down.

I don't know if this is the best novel to jump into the series with since it didn't proivde much of the Dark-Hunter side of things and that is what I found really interesting.

Rating: C
This was a decent quick read as my firsst experience with the Dark-Hunter series. I met characters from previous books I'd love to get to know more about and so I will check out the backlist. For my recommendation, I'd say give it a try if you're interested in the premise but perhaps the earlier books might be better.

Retribution is also available in audio book format from Macmillan Audio. Click here to listen to an excerpt.

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